Letter: Too Many Holidays?

If a Muslim objected to a Loxahatchee Groves Town Council meeting being held during the holy month of Ramadan, between May 16 and June 15, how would that go down in town?

How about if a Hindu found we have a council meeting arranged for Tuesday, Oct. 23, when he or she hopes to observe the Hindu religious holiday of Sharad Purnima, and demanded it to be rescheduled accordingly?

What if a Buddhist had asked that the meeting we might have had on Tuesday, May 29, Buddha Day, be rescheduled?

Next year, St. George’s Day falls on Tuesday April 23. No government work, please?

The answer should, of course, be the same. By all means, observe it according to your faith, but remember where you live: the United States, welcoming immigrants since the 19th century, and inviting guests to come and stay forever.

But when you come to stay in my house, don’t tell me how to run my household, when to go to bed and how to handle my affairs. And definitely don’t try to make my house just like yours. If you don’t like my house, go back to yours.

A Loxahatchee Groves council meeting rescheduled because it happens to fall on Yom Kippur? A dubious product of an unbalanced mind. It’s rude, offensive and smacks of intolerance. And that’s if it was a genuine objection — which it wasn’t.

Those who suggested it should return to school and retake classes in common sense and respect, or go live in a place where they can be assured their chosen holiday will surely be observed as they’d like it to be.

Imagine if Loxahatchee Groves bows its head to every faith’s holidays: every Christian holiday, every Islamic, every Buddhist, every Hindu, and if we throw in every Catholic holiday, well, there just aren’t enough days in the year!

If you want everything this fabulous country delivers you, embrace it and respect it. Don’t pick and choose which bits you want and which you don’t — real life doesn’t work like that.

You’re either American, or you’re not; regardless of faith or heritage. The rants of a gun-toting, flag waving, right leaning all-American zealot? You’ll have tough time with that — I’m English and my grandparents were Jewish.

Tim Hart-Woods, Loxahatchee Groves


  1. Tim your letter is clearly a drunken rant that doesn’t make sense. Please reread your letter before publishing because it makes you look like an idiot.The Adl of Boca wrote a great letter explaining why Yom Kippur is the holiest holiday of the year and why my rights as an American are not respected. I wanted to be present at the meeting to vote.Im tired of not being represented properly and I needed to be there.So I spoke up.You don’t attend any meetings nor have vocal opinions any more .Is it because some one in the town is paying your way to write letters like these and maybe adding to your net worth in a huge way?
    you make no sense and really why should you write this anti Semitic crap when I know you could care less.

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